AF looking for a new small cargo aircraft
On the same day that it issued the Light Attack/Armed Reconnaissance aircraft capability query (see above), Aeronautical Systems Center in Ohio issued another seeking information on a fixed-wing Light Mobility Aircraft (LiMA) that USAF also would like to field starting in Fiscal 2011. The service wants approximately 60 LiMAs and would expect to achieve initial operational capability in Fiscal 2012. The proposed aircraft would have to accommodate at least six passengers plus aircrew, be able to operate on unimproved austere landing sites—with no ground support other than fuel—carrying a minimum of 1,800 pounds of passengers and cargo. It's cargo door should allow for loading and unloading of patients litters or a 36-inch warehouse skid. The LiMA candidate would have dual pilot stations, but be certified for single pilot operation.
This will be interesting, the U-28 would seem to fit the bill, as would the Cessna Caravan, plus a host of other aircraft. Again, anyone familiar with AFSOF history would have to see the similarity between now and the war in SE Asia, too bad "Jimmy" and the demorats gutted the military after Viet Nam.
George Soros sucks